Roopkund is a beautiful trek with heart-filling views throughout the trek. You travel from forests to meadows to rocky areas to snow in a matter of 4 ...
Roopkund trek tests our stamina and internal strength, after a days long trekking and sightseeing you will get highly tired and so trekking is not so e...
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About the Roopkund Trek:
Blessed with deep virgin forests, gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites and the beckoning meadows Roopkund trek is a must do trek for you. Get a chance to taste adventure as you climb from 8,000 ft to 16,000 ft in a period of 8 days. The adventure starts for you from the second day onwards as you start trekking to Roopkund Glacial lake. Take the Lord Curzon trail starting Lohajung and follow a steady uphill trek through the Lohajung Pass and then reach the Bedni River.
Get a chance to admire the stunning view of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges as you trek from Didna Village to Ali Bugyal on your third day. On your fourth day, you will be trekking from Ali Bugyal to Ghora Lotani and witness the beauty of the Himalayas. Also, spot a Himalayan Magpie on the way. On your fifth day you will be trekking from Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa, here you will face the challenges of high altitudes, zig-zag trails and the icy cold winds. Passing through Kalu Vinayak, you will finally reach Bhagwabasa.
On your sixth day, you will pass from Bhagwabasa to Roopkund Lake and then to Bedni Bugyal. The uninhabited landmark in the laps of Mt. Trishul has overwhelmed many travellers with its innumerable stories. Admire the charming Garhwal Himalayas in full glory extending up to Gangotri. On your seventh day you will start trekking back from Bedni Bugyal to Lohajung and pass through the hundreds of blooming rhododendrons and then take a steep turn for the Neel Ganga and arrive at Wan. You will complete you trek on the eight day. Roopkund trek is definitely the one which will make your dream come true of trekking in the mountains.
About the Destination:
A trek to Mystery Lake of Uttarakhand i.e. Roopkund Lake is a must-do for an avid trekker! Battling several adversities common to the Himalayas, this water body perched in the laps of the snow-clad Mt. Trishul is situated at an altitude of 16,499ft.
Most attractive for the human skeletons lying at the bottom of the lake, which are distinctly visible when the snow melts, the lake is swarmed by the plenitude of visitors.
The route along the Roopkund trek is a fascinating journey of discovering the most pristine of the Himalayan contribution of oak and blooming rhododendron forests. A moderate trek, the trek trails through mountainous rivers, enthralling ridges, lush forests and scenic meadows.
Roopkund Trek Highlights:
- Feast your eyes as you see the gurgling brooks, breath-taking campsites during this amazing Roopkund trek.
- Enjoy camping near the cascading water and the clean night sky under the billions of stars. Also, enjoy a small bonfire with your friends.
- Trek through some of the most alpine and forests of fir, Rhododendron, and Oak.
- Get a chance to witness the rare flora and fauna of this region as you continue your trek.
- Feast your eyes at the majestic view of the Mt Trishul looms over the place as you continue climbing.
- Enclosed by mountains, this is the perfect place for taking some amazing photographs.
- Admire the imposing Chaukhamba range, Neelkanth peak, Kedarnath, Kedar Dom.
- Spend some time staring at the might white peaks and pass through the small streams on your way.
- And also meet the local people here and share a cup of tea while you learn about their culture.
Temperature: Day: 13 to 18°C and Night: -5 to 7°C
Trekking Distance: 53km
Maximum Altitude: 16,499 ft
Difficulty Level: Moderate To Difficult
Railway Station: Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest railway station
Base Camp: Lohajung
After your arrival in Kathgodam, you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to the guesthouse in Lohajung, which is also the starting point of this trek.
Overnight at Lohajung
Lohajung Pass, Bedni Ganga River
Today you will begin with the trek to Roopkund Glacier Lake! Take the Lord Curzon trail from Lohajung and follow a steady uphill trek through the Lohajung Pass, which eventually leads to a downhill trail to the Bedni River. Cross the bridge over the river and traverse through mixed forests of oak and bamboo to arrive at Didna Village. This is your first base camp on the trek route; overnight stay in tents.
Steep Trek, Oak & Bamboo Forests, Garhwal Himalayas
After a wholesome breakfast, leave the basecamp and begin with a steep ascend through oak forests and long stands of bamboo. Admire the stunning views of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges as they appear ahead of you. Arrive at one of the finest camping grounds with stunning views on this side of the Himalayas as you enter open alpine grazing meadows of Ali Bugyal; overnight stay in here.
Easy Trek, Panoramic Himalayas, Magpie
Today’s trek will be an easier one and will take you to the other side of the ridge; a keen eye can spot a Himalayan Magpie on the way. After a few hours of trekking, arrive at Ghora Lotani, which is yet again the most fascinating of destinations along the Roopkund trek; overnight camping in Ghora Lotani.
High Altitude Trekking, Barren Campsite, Icy Winds
Following today’s breakfast in the camp, start with the trek for the day. Today, as you proceed forward, you will be gaining height from 12,500-14,500ft. Be prepared for some challenges offered by high altitudes, zigzag passes and icy cold winds. Passing through Kalu Vinayak, you will finally reach Bhagwabasa (4,100m) campsite in a desolate and barren landscape; overnight stay in tents.
Roopkund Lake, Human Skeletons, Mt. Trishul, Gangotri Ranges
After four days of continuous trekking, today you will be at the most fascinating day of the trek! Starting with an early morning breakfast, today you will be trekking to the mysterious Roopkund Lake. This uninhabited landmark in the laps of Mt. Trishul has overwhelmed many travellers with its innumerable stories. From here, trek for another half hour to reach Junar Gali, the highest point on this trail, and trek back to the base camp at Bedni Bugyal via Bhagwabasa. Witness the captivating Garhwal Himalayas in full glory extending up to Gangotri; overnight stay in Bedni Bugyal.
Trekking, Rhododenron forests, alpine meadows
As you start your return trek, bid goodbye to an unforgettable experience as you can capture a glimpse of Mt. Trishul from Bedni Bugyal on a clear day from Kanakdhar, en route Wan. Follow steep descents, gradual climbs through forests packed with blooming rhododendrons. After a steep descent for the Neel Ganga, arrive at Wan. From here, you’ll drive to Lohajung. Spend the night here.
Lohajung Exploration, Roopkund Trekking Tour Ends Here
Today will be your last day in the Himalayas! Spend the day looking around Lohajung.
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Rated : 5.0
Roopkund is a beautiful trek with heart-filling views throughout the trek. You travel from forests to meadows to rocky areas to snow in a matter of 4 days with landscape changing every day. Trek though tiring is worth trying even for beginners & first timers (like me). You just need to follow the trek leaders' guidelines and nothing can stop you from reaching the summit. Everything was decently arranged by Thrillophillia & UTT (local agency whose part we were). The only downside was that our group size was large around 28 people and we were mostly running behind the schedule. Food was okay, you can really not expect a lot when in mountains.Prepare for the trek in advance and if possible keep a day extra in reserve. Carry spare clothes and prepare for rain extensively because the weather in the bugyals & beyond is very unpredictable and you should be ready for everything. Must do trek. All the Best....
Rated : 4.0
Roopkund trek tests our stamina and internal strength, after a days long trekking and sightseeing you will get highly tired and so trekking is not so easy here. Camping is quite restful and sightseeing includes exquisite places. I have seen nothing more scenic than the roopkund lake. Enjoyed the overall experience.
Rated : 5.0
The awesome journey started from the station Kathgodam itself where we could see the ubiquitous Pine and Fir trees that we had seen previously only in TV. We had a warm welcome from the UTT staff in Lohajung where we plucked some peaches and relished along with the briefing. We met the trek leaders, cook, support staff and fellow group members with whom we were to live like a family for the next 7 days. Along with the heavenly environment, the people with their simple ways won permanent place inside us. On the 2nd day we trekked to Didna village via Kuling - 12 kms stretch, half road and other half mountains and valleys. The family who had given us home stay in Didna village welcomed us with Rhododendron drinks. By this time natural spring water had been inveterate to us. Next day trek was to Bedni Bugyal via Ali Bugyal, the most beautiful and largest meadows of Asia - 12 kms stretch. For the first time I saw real snow before my eyes when Mount Trishul and Nanda Ghunti came in front of us. We faced heavy rainfall along the way where the ponchos and waterproof shoes became handy and saved us the whole trek. Next day was a 4 km trek to Pathar Nachauni. Each place has its own fascinating fable and folk lore described to us by the Trek leaders - Raghu, Rajat, Pradeep, Uday, etc. Next was another 4 km trek to Bhagwabasa where a little AMS started to peek in and temperature dropped steeply. Folowing early morning 0300 hrs, we started on the steep 3km trek to Roopkund crossing land, waterfalls, snow and ice; and it was all heavenly out there when we could see the ice covered lake with snow surrounding it like a white glass. We returned to Bhagwabasa the same day by evening. And next day descended to Lohajung via Wan village - 12 kms. Now having returned it feels, some part of our lives could never come back from those mountains.
Rated : 4.0
I have did many trekking expedition in himalayan peaks of differernt locationsincluding himachal pradesh, uttrakhand and kashmir too, and everytime i embark on the trails i feel something new... same thing happed to me in my roopkund trek also. I was very much excited for this trail. Roopkund has been in my list since long ago. The high mountains nd typical valleys gives a unique landscape to the place. The dense vegetaion having trees of all kinds adds extra beauty to the place. It is an awesome place guys, if you are a trekking lover then you will certainly fall for this place.
Rated : 4.0
Roopkund trek is the last destination, before reaching the roopkund lake you will pass through other villages and valleys. Trekking is meant for professionals and strong people since youbwill require to climb uphill many a time. As far as camping is concerned then not all the pointa are good for camping but sites like ali bugyal and bhagwabasa is awesome campsite . over all its a marvelous trek.
Rated : 5.0
i haven't been there due to Uttarakhand's high court orders. But Thanks to Thrillophilia, they are letting me use my money to visit another trek in upcoming year.
Rated : 5.0
hi guys recently went on this trek and me writing a bunch of words won't do the experience justice so for your convenience, I have made a Short documentary on my entire experience first hand and here is the, Youtube link -> https://youtu.be/DKE2fM_sRBM
Rated : 5.0
It was my first trek and I couldn't have had a better time. A special shout-out to the trek leaders of the UTT group who were locals and did an amazing job at getting us acquainted with the places and their history. I went solo from Mumbai and met an amazing bunch of people. Definitely going to go for such treks more regularly.
Rated : 4.0
The trip was wonderful. Our trek leaders Raghu, Rajat and Pradeep were experienced and helpful. They encouraged the entire group to complete the trek. The only word of advise is remaining prepared for rain and beware of useless ponchos given on rent in Lohaganj market.
Rated : 5.0
Good, everyone was very nice with explaining stuff and guides or trek leaders were very humble.
The best time to go on a Roopkund trek is during the summer months; April, May and June. But definitely, not during the monsoons. There are flash floods and landslides during that time. Monsoons start around July.
One should be in good physical condition before you embark on this trek. You should be able to jog close to 4.5 kms in 30 minutes to make your lungs strong to bear the high altitudes. Minimum age for this trek is 12 years.
Roopkund trek takes you to an altitude of 15750 feet requiring pristine physical and mental strength. It is a moderately difficult trek. So one should do other fairly easy treks to get used to the height and the altitude.
A rucksack which is at least 60 L. Weather is unpredictable and you should also carry a plastic sheet to prevent the bag from getting wet or purchase a waterproof rucksack
During the Roopkund trek, you will be provided meal based on the team you have signed up with. Usually, a meal is provided but it is mainly vegetarian. You may have to carry water bottles because although meal is given, the water bottles may not be included in the package.
The guides suggest that you also carry some energy bars and energy drinks besides water. Meals are usually provided three times during the course of the trek.
You should carry a power bank with you to charge your mobile phones. The stays are usually in camps, tents and guest houses. Only the stay in guest house has the promise of electricity but the nights you have to spend in the camps and tents you won't find electricity.
Usually, Wan village is the last point where you can charge your phone or cameras because beyond this point there is no electricity.
Altitude sickness is common and therefore this package include first aid medical kits and oxygen cylinders. There would be a trained and experienced trek leader with you throughout the journey and knows how to deal with altitude sickness.
Also, the trekkers are suggested to carry their own medications if there are any. Trekkers must listen to the trek leader and consult a physician before heading on with the trek. Alcohol consumption and other intoxication are banned during the trek. The trekkers are suggested to get accustomed to high altitudes before heading on if they feel sick.
Yes, at an extra cost.
There are many kinds of shoes you can try out for trekking but they can be broadly classified into three types –
-Expedition boots These are designed for challenging treks and glacial traverses. Their USP is that they last longer – usually more than ten days. Their outsoles are thicker and more aggressive and the insole has a padding which actually feels very soft.
-Trek Boots These are hiking boots which have added support for the feet and ankles. Usually, their upper portions are made of suede or leather. They are especially good for the rough terrain – especially if you are prone to slipping and twisting your ankle during the hike.
-Plain hike shoes These look a lot like trail running shoes. They have flexible soles and they are really light weight. So if you are planning to have a short trek in Roopkund, then go for these. They are good for dry terrain and a warm weather. Maybe you can carry them during the pre-monsoon trekking season.
It gets a little bit cold during the trek if you are visiting during the September schedule. During the May to June period, the temperatures vary between 15 degrees Celsius to 20 degrees Celsius and at night it tends to get between 7C to -2C.
So it gets minus temperatures at night even during summers. If you are visiting during the August to October period, then expect a variation of 15C to 10C during the day time. At night the temperatures can fall as low as 5C to -5C.
Keeping in mind the policies and terms of the trek, consumption of alcohol or any other intoxicant or smoking during the trek is strictly prohibited.
The story behind the Roopkund Lake Trek dates back to the 9th century when people inhabiting the place were killed in a sudden valiant storm. There skeletons lying at the of the lake are visible till date when the snow melts. The area is uninhabited, in the Himalayas at an altitude of 5,029 metres (16,499 feet).
Surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains, the lake is a popular trekking destination. There is also a shallow lake, of about two metres, which you can visit and spend some time admiring nature’s beauty.
Roopkund though, has attracted attention because of the human skeletal remains that are visible at its bottom when the snow melts. Because of the human remains, the lake has been called Skeleton Lake in recent times.
If you do not count the cost of transportation from Kathgodam to Lohajung and vice versa, the cost of the Roopkund trek is 8,890 INR on average. Besides, you should always have extra cash with you for emergencies and such.
This is a moderately difficult trek. One should be in good physical condition before you come for this trek. You should be able to jog close to 4.5 kms in 30 minutes to make your lungs strong to bear the high altitudes.
Roopkund trek is definitely one of the most dangerous treks that can be done in the country. The maximum altitude of the trek is 16,499 ft close to the Roopkund lake. The lake is famous for having over a thousand mysterious skeletons at the bottom.
Also, because of the altitude, even experienced trekkers and marathon runners feel uneasy at different points of the trek. Quite a few people in each batch fail to complete the trek.
The Roopkund trek takes 8 days for completion, and it depends on the time needed for acclimatization.
For Roopkund trekking, the starting point is Lohajung, to which you can drive from Kathgodam. And from there you have to trek all the way.
-Arrive at Kathgodam, which is connected to all major cities in the country. From there, drive to Lohajung, from where the trek to Roopkund begins.
-From Lohajung, you trek to Didna village and spend the night in a tent.
-On the third day, you trek from Didna Village to Ali Bugyal
-On the fourth day, you go from Ali Bugyal to Ghora Lotani
-On the fifth day, you trek from Ghora Lotani to Bhagwabasa.
-On the 6th day, you go from Bhagwabasa to Bedni Bugyal and spend the night there.
-On the last day, you trek back to the little village of Wan. From here, you drive back to Kathgodam.
The trek to Roopkund is not very safe on account of the fact that the elevation is quite high, and the terrain is difficult. If a female traveler is going with a group, then there is no problem. You should start vigorous exercise to match on to the difficulty level of this trekking route.
It is not advisable to do the Roopkund trek solo because it is a difficult trek on rough and difficult terrain. As a result of this, trekkers may face dizziness, nausea and respiratory difficulties. There is also the chance of hurting themselves, so it is always advisable to go on this trek with a group or at least a couple of friends.
Many experienced trekkers have faced difficulties in completing the trek. So if you have some people with you, they can always help if you are in trouble. However, if you go solo, you will have to carry a lot of extra things like trail runners and medicine for yourself and be extra careful the whole time to prevent mishaps.
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